Iraq Parliament adjourns until August, further delaying government formation

The Iraqi Parliament has again decided to postpone meeting, further delaying an opportunity to form an inclusive government until at least August.
By JC Finley  |  July 7, 2014 at 10:22 AM
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BAGHDAD, July 7 (UPI) -- The Iraqi Parliament has decided to delay its next session, scheduled for Tuesday, until August.

The postponement comes a week after the Parliament failed to muster a quorum at its first session, further delaying government formation.

As Islamic State of Iraq and Syria continues to threaten Iraq's stability, Iraqi leaders -- along with U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry -- have championed a two-track approach in response to the crisis, militarily and politically: fight ISIS and form an inclusive new government in line with Iraq's constitutional mandates.

According to Iraq's constitution, Parliament must select a prime minister within 75 days of its first session.

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, whose bloc won the most votes in April, wants to form a government coalition. Opponents, however, have criticized his response to the security crisis and fault his policies for being sectarian and authoritarian.

Senior Shia cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has encouraged Kurdish, Shia, and Sunni parliamentarians to agree on candidate appointments before convening the first full session.

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